Around 350 people showed up to Lotta's Fountain this morning to commemorate the great earthquake of 1906, which happened at 5:12 a.m. 102 years ago today.
105-year-old Herbert Hamrol was the guest of honor this morning, one of the last quake survivors. He described the 1906 natural disaster as "a beautiful earthquake." Newsom, according to the Gate, called him "spirit of the city" and declared that "[t]here is no greater San Franciscan than Herb." Although Hamrol was the only survivor on-hand this morning, Donna Huggins, mistress of todays ceremonies, claims that there are most likely around "a couple dozen people still living who felt the earth move at 5:13 a.m. on April 18, 1906."
Coincidentally, a 5.2 quake hit the midwest at 4:37 a.m. this morning, centered about six miles from West Salem, Ill. The shaker could be felt from Chicago to Cincinnati. No one was injured.